French priest's killers recorded attack

2016-07-26 19:07
This is an undated image of French Priest Jacques Hamel made available by the Catholic Diocese if Rouen. (Doicese of Rouen via AP)

This is an undated image of French Priest Jacques Hamel made available by the Catholic Diocese if Rouen. (Doicese of Rouen via AP)

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Paris - A nun who was in the church in France on Tuesday when two men armed with knives seized hostages, says an 86-year-old priest who was killed, was forced to the ground before his throat was slit.

"They forced him to his knees. He wanted to defend himself. And that's when the tragedy happened," said the nun, identified as Sister Danielle.

"They recorded themselves. They did a sort of sermon around the altar, in Arabic. It's a horror," she told BFM television.

The two attackers, who ISIS claimed were its "soldiers", were later killed by police.

Of her fallen colleague, Sister Danielle said: "He was a great priest."

Meanwhile, an Italian politician is urging Pope Francis to put the slain priest, the Reverend Jacques Hamel, on a fast track for sainthood.

Roberto Maroni, the president of the Lombard region, said in an appeal circulated on social media that "Father Jacques is a martyr of faith" and requested that the pope "immediately proclaim him St Jacques".

Shortly after the appeal, the hashtage #santosubito, which translates as "saint immediately", began circulating on Twitter.

The canonisation process is a lengthy one involving two miracles attributed to the person's intercession, but in the case of a martyr only one miracle is needed, after beatification. There must first be a declaration by the Vatican that the person indeed died for the faith.


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